Comment: He has a primary challenger

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He has a primary challenger

Dana Walsh. She was the GOP candidate in 2008. My understanding is that a lot of local Republicans are upset with her because she spent so much money and basically did nothing with it but pay 'consultants'.

Dennis was also recruited by some of the local members independent of his own considerations on running and California GOP leaders who formerly endorsed Walsh are switching their endorsement to Dennis, so local GOP support looks good. Besides, this is his first foray into politics, so a little warm-up before the main event will do him good.